Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
Encouraging diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.
Despite progress made over the course of AIGA’s 100-year history, especially since its landmark 1991 symposium (“Why is graphic design 93% white?”), there are vast opportunities to support a more diverse audience of design students, practitioners, managers, thinkers, enthusiasts, clients, consumers, and policy makers.
Recent passionate conversations among AIGA members have catalyzed the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to augment ongoing AIGA programs with new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience. Join us to:
- Celebrate a diverse array of influential designers, including historical figures and contemporary role models.
- Cultivate greater opportunity, awareness of diversity issues, and inclusive design cultures.
- Connect with students, emerging designers, and like-minded groups to support a broader range of future practitioners and leaders.
We spoke with AIGA members about how personal background and professional experiences shape their outlook on design—and we've found that differing perspectives improve both the design process and its outcomes.
The “Perspectives across AIGA” video series was made possible with support from Herman Miller.
The Diversity & Inclusion task force is now accepting new member applications for 2017-2018. To learn more and access the application, visit the task force page. The application deadline is January 15, 2017.
There are more ways to get involved:
- Tune in to the four-part Diversity and Inclusion webcast series. Join us for the first episode covering the Design Census on December 8 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
- Join the discussion on Twitter @AIGAdesign with the hashtag #AIGAtogether.
- Explore the growing list of Diversity and Inclusion resources.
- Meet the new Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
- Volunteer with an AIGA chapter mentorship program to support a diverse new generation of designers.
- Encourage design students from minority or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship.
- Nominate a designer for a Design Journeys profile or a diversity expert for an AIGA chapter or national event: contact AIGA strategic initiatives.
- Attend a Diversity and Inclusion event near you.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.